Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
September 25
We apologize for the duplicate email, but our initial email had an incorrect link for our 2014 Planning Survey. We very much are interested in our member's feedback, and felt that we needed to immediately send out a corrected link. Thank you for your continued support - sorry for flooding your inbox!
Message from Executive Director, Heather Johnston:
Help us Plan for 2014
As your Executive Director I am always looking for ways to improve the Chamber. Your priorities are our priorities and we'd love to hear from you. 
As we plan for 2014, we've created a survey that will allow us to make meaningful changes in the way that we help our member businesses. 
Please take a few moments of your time to let us know how we're doing. Your feedback is essential to the growth and success of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. 
Dana Point Historical Society 2013 Home Tour
Sunday, October 6, 2013 11am - 4pm


"...from the hills of Hollywood to the sea... in Dana Point"

Sidney Woodruff, the enterprising builder who developed both Hollywoodland and Dana Point, used this statement to promote his distinctive urban "home-place" in the Hollywood Hills near Los Angeles and his Community of Enchantment By -the-Sea in Dana Point. 

This year, at our thirteenth annual Home Tour, we are featuring those homes and buildings Woodruff built here in Dana Point, his dream of a resort and play-land by the sea.  

Our signature house for the 2013 Home Tour is Woodruff's own original home. It will be open to visitors along with a number of other carefully preserved and, in some cases, enlarged Woodruff homes in Lantern Village. You will enjoy the architecture, the d�cor and the gardens of these treasured homes. T

Tickets are available for sale now - you can get your tickets from the Dana Point Chamber office!
Member Spotlight: 
Lord of the Strings
DP Chamber Member Spotlight - LOTSC

Lord of the Strings Concert (LOTSC) has been bringing the finest/ultimate musicians in the world to Southern California since 2002. 


The Orange County Register called President & Founder Tim Johnson the "Guitar Hero". Tim and Tina Johnson have been providing live top-quality finger-style guitarists and songwriters to the Dana Point and Mission Viejo area for ten years. Grammy award wining artists/players perform in two intimate settings monthly. 


Watch the video above to learn more about Lord of the Strings and make sure you check out a concert in the coming months. Visit the Lord of the Strings website for more information, and to purchase tickets.

Upcoming Chamber Events
October Networking at Noon
Hosted by Gemmell's Restaurant
October 3  11:30am - 1:00pm

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and our Membership Committee invite you to join us for Networking at Noon at Gemmell's Restaurant.

This event is open to members and non-members to attend. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, discuss their business with others and generate new business leads - while supporting a great chamber member restaurant and stimulating our local economy! 
For entrees, attendees will have a choice of either Pork Tenderloin, Angel Hair Pasta or Chicken Crepes.

The cost to attend is $15 for members and $20 for non-members and includes lunch, beverage and gratuity. Please pre-register for the event as it helps us to give an accurate headcount to the kitchen. 
3rd Thursday Mixer 
Monarch Beach Promenade
October 17th  5:30 - 7:30 PM
Corner of Camino Del Avion and Niguel Road, Dana Point, CA 92629
Please join us for our upcoming October mixer, hosted by Monarch Beach Promenade, located on the southeast corner of Niguel Road and Camino del Avion. The mixer will be held inside Brio Tuscany Grille
With 3 great dining experiences and 10 unique shops and services and the newly remodeled Monarch Beach Market, the center offers a perfect place to mingle with your fellow Chamber Members. 
Attendees will have the opportunity to network, discuss their business with others and generate new business leads - while enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres and drinks from our generous host. There will be a number of raffle items provided by participating stores from Monarch Beach Promenade. 
We encourage you to bring a guest to learn more about the Chamber and meet fellow business leaders. 
The cost to attend is $12 for members and $20 for non-members.
Ribbon Cutting 2
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

We're getting busy here at the Chamber and are going to be hosting LOTS of ribbon cuttings in the coming month! Help us welcome our new members to the neighborhood and to the Dana Point Chamber!  
Friday, October 4                   4:30pm      Pacific Asian Enterprises / Nordhavn Yachts
25001 Dana Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629


Monday, October 7               4:00pm      Lantern Bay Village
24871 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629 


Monday, October 21             5:00pm      American Legion Post 281
Aventura Sailing Club - 24707 Dana Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629 
Welcome Our New Members!
Dana Harbor Bridge Center

Dana Harbor Bridge Center is located on the picturesque Dana Point Harbor Drive. It is known as one of the best private bridge clubs in the Western USA. The club hosts games from Monday to Sunday with afternoon games hosting up to 20 tables. It has a friendly atmosphere, great competition, and a separate kitchen area for snacks and beverages. Visit the website for all of the times and scheduled games. Visiting bridge players from other areas are welcome.

Housecall Doctors Medical Group

When you or your loved one need special care, call Housecall Doctors Medical Group. Our board-certified Residentialist clinicians provide house calls for homebound patients. We're based in Laguna Hills, California, but offer services throughout Orange County, Metropolitan LA County, and the Inland Empire. Contact us to tell us about your needs today.

Kickin' Ketchup

Kickin' Ketchup is an all natural, gluten free sensation that transforms your favorite foods such as hamburgers, French fries, eggs and shrimp cocktail into a culinary delight! 

The changing tastes of America demand spicier ketchup without overpowering the food. Plain ketchup is the staple of condiments past. One taste and you'll reach for Kickin' Ketchup every time! 

Now available in both original and "kid approved" mild. Add Kickin' Ketchup to your favorite recipes such as meatloaf, beef stew, chili, BBQ chicken or ribs.. use your imagination! Or try one of our original recipes and let us know what you think.

Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Harold Kaufman, Civic Member
Member Since 1987
Rosanelli Financial Services
Member Since 2000
Member Since 2000
Community News & Events
6th Annual Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle
September 28 & 29   Doheny State Beach

Come join Rainbow Sandals and Gerry Lopez for the sixth year anniversary of the stand-up paddle phenomenon "Battle of the Paddle". This year's event is set for September 28 & 29, on the famous shores of Doheny State Beach. 

Come witness the high-energy races, spirited fanfare, and experience a huge stand-up paddle (SUP) exposition that is the heartbeat and pulse of a global lifestyle. This year, the Battle of the Paddle, is expecting over 1,000 entries from around the globe. SUP athletes will be racing for over $25,000 in cash & prizes (the largest on offer in the sport of SUP). 

Racers will also be taking part in two new Guinness World Record attempts. The first one on Saturday, to break the record for "the world's largest paddleboard race" of "404" paddlers that set the record at last year's event. And on Sunday, participants will try to break the existing record for "most surfers riding a single wave."

See you at the beach! 
Dana Point State BBQ Championships
Saturday, October 5  
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM


This amazing event is the largest BBQ Championship on the West Coast with over 100 teams competing for cash and prizes. Come check out these mouth watering creations and get in on the action by tasting the best BBQ there is. Samples are just $2 and the proceeds benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 9934.


This event also features a microbrew festival, live music, shopping and a kids' fun zone.



Visit the event website for more information.   
The Diamond Ball
Saturday, November 9
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel 

The Diamond Ball is a gala evening with a mission of raising funds and awareness for animal charities. Recipients for this year's Diamond Ball are the Wounded Veteran Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) and Friends of Orange County's Homeless Pets (FOCHP). 
CCI helps veterans put their lives back together after being injured by providing assistance dogs that play an integral role in the veterans ability to regain independence. 
FOCHP helps make homeless and unwanted pets more adoptable and provides them with a forever family. 

Click here to make your reservation for The Diamond Ball.
McCool Flowers is Moving

Art Exhibit - Hosted by Coastal Arcadian
Thursday, September 26
Age 50+ singles Meet and Greet
Thursday, Sept 26  Tutor & Spunky's Deli

Wine Tasting with Cornerstone Wealth Advisors & Barrett Solutions
Friday, October 11  5:00 - 8:00 PM 
The Vintage Food & Wine Festival
Saturday, October 5  Mission San Juan Capistrano
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